Art Still Has a Place

Those independent movies on Netflix alone are worth the monthly fee. I remembered that tonight.

Whether it’s the strange flick about a half-crazed hospital inmate bribing a little girl with a tall-tale legend or the romantic comedy about the painted man on stilts, these artful movies still matter. Here’s why:

Stories go beneath the surface. Stories reach beyond us. Stories point to the eternal.

A good story isn’t a tall tale that tattles on sin and tatters reality; it’s (as songwriter Andrew Peterson has written) a “window in the world.” It illumines reality, particularly eternal reality.

The only way to see art, stories, music, movies, and the like in such ways is to see them through the lens of Scripture. We can’t know God’s reality without trusting His Word.

But it works the other way, too: good art can help us know the Bible better, too. Though the power direction always works in one way (good art draws its power from truth, not the other way around), art can reflect the power of truth in very powerful ways, too. When our hearts have become hardened to words, sometimes we need to be shocked into feeling the power of truth again.

Good art does just that.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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